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Cat Says Meow: And Other Animalopoeia Hardcover – Picture Book, March 4, 2014
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- Item Weight : 9.8 ounces
- Hardcover : 36 pages
- Grade level : Preschool - Kindergarten
- ISBN-10 : 1452112347
- ISBN-13 : 978-1452112343
- Dimensions : 8.25 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
- Publisher : Chronicle Books; Illustrated edition (March 4, 2014)
- Reading level : 3 - 5 years
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #913,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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We have the coining of the term "an*i*mal*o*poe*ia" which could be used as a review of onomatopoeia. So. . .this term must mean the sound an animal makes (or the closest approximation).
The pictures are renderings of that the animal "says." See the "meow" and the "squeak?" This is Bob Raczka meets Bob Staake kind of presentation here with a quiet throwback to classic children's artists like Ed Emberly. Michael Arndt's discovery of how an A becomes a beak or a K becomes the foot of a chick. An M becomes cat ears. An S becomes the tail of a mouse. The Q is situated to create a little break in all of that grey (a technique used throughout the book).
It's all very simple here. A scripted "h" becomes the ear of a donkey braying, "hee haw."
I am a secondary level teacher who encourages students to write in multiple genres and forms. Here is another example of a form we might share in our classroom to challenge students to think about how their chosen subject might present in visual form. How might it present to an audience? Where might the rendering feature within a larger project? Cover art? Corner keepers? Little visual vignettes throughout the project?
In discussing form with students, how might they render their subject in this kind of graphica? What does Family look like? What might Anxiety look like? What features in Identity?
It looks like we have another mentor text for Room 407.It's got me thinking about how we might render our Room and Number to present a little bit of suggestive graphica.
It's a clever concept that promotes critical thinking in the little ones. The fact that they start practicing these skills at this young age is greatly advantageous for their future, because academia is ALL about critical thinking. National curriculum K - 12 is changing to advance critical thinking skills.
We CANNOT start soon enough.
The graphics are fun, and the challenge of connecting the words to the illustrations is delightful.
Kudos to Michael Arndt for a really coool book !
I can see my daughter will appreciate the creativity of the book as she gets older. Because I love the graphic design of the book too!